On Office magazine profiles HASSELL in the UK
Tony Grist, Head of Architecture and London studio leader, was recently interviewed by leading UK workplace design magazine On Office
Leading UK workplace design magazine On Office recently interviewed Tony Grist, Head of Architecture at HASSELL and London studio leader, about the practice’s recent arrival in the UK and Europe and its workplace design.
The article notes that, “at the core of HASSELL’s success is a collaborative, inter-disciplinary approach, and an ability to work holistically on a project from masterplan right through to architecture, interiors and the public realm. Its non-hierarchical respect for all disciplines is shown in the backgrounds of its leaders, who are landscape architects or interior designers, as well as architects, by training.”
One of the projects mentioned in the feature is ANZ Centre in Melbourne’s Docklands and this urban campus is an exemplary example of the HASSELL workplace design philosophy, with the main principles being permeability, diversity and sustainability.
The article says that ANZ Centre, like most HASSELL projects, was the result of an “iterative and collaborative approach to concept design”. HASSELL took the client to fifteen workplace projects around the world to analyse what was good and bad about each one of them.
The article also notes that, “another recurring theme for HASSELL is how the workplace and education sectors are increasingly crossing over as the former becomes more flexible and mobile through new technologies.” Tertiary institutions are making better connections with the corporate world and increasingly have to compete for students by offering state-of-the-art facilities; hence the influence of the design of corporate workplaces on education institutions.
Speaking of client involvement in all HASSELL projects, the article concludes that “with this client-centred approach and their expertise in so many different project types and areas, the arrival of HASSELL in the UK and Europe is a breath of fresh air – can-do Australian air, at that.”
HASSELL wins double honours in CERN Public Realm competition
HASSELL has received awards for its entry in both categories of the international Public Realm competition for CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) is one of the world's largest and most respected centres for scientific research, perhaps most famed for its particle accelerator the Large Hadron Collider.
The competition entry, which was produced by the London studio of HASSELL, was awarded at a ceremony at CERN's Globe of Innovation.
HASSELL was the sole UK based design practice to be recognised with an award. The open international competition, run by the Canton of Geneva, was launched in May 2011.
The competition was split into two categories – an Ideas competition for the length of the Route de Meyrin adjacent to the CERN campus, and a Project competition to design an emblematic Public Realm that will form the public face of the campus. HASSELL was placed in the top three in both categories, with the Project competition completed in collaboration with the lighting architect Rogier van der Heide.
An exhibition of the competition submissions is being held from the 19 to the 28 January 2012 in the Globe of Science and Innovation, CERN.
The entry from HASSELL explored the relationship between the imposing natural setting of the CERN Campus, with the evolving technological discoveries that are making headline news around the world. Tony Grist, Head of Architecture for HASSELL and based in the London studio commented, "The result recognises the commitment HASSELL places on the design of the public realm, and the culture of collaboration between architecture and landscape architecture within our practice."
HASSELL ranked top architectural practice in Australasia
HASSELL has been ranked as the number 1 architectural practice in Australasia amongst a handful of Australian practices included in this year's World Architecture survey. The BD World Architecture's annual survey of the top global architecture practices, WA100, is published in association with UK magazine Building Design. It has become the leading indicator of how the global architectural profession is developing.
Among the world's 100 largest architectural practices, HASSELL was ranked 30 overall. The practice was also included in the global Top 10 for the Business Parks/Offices, Criminal Justice, Transportation and Urban Design market sectors. Our expertise in landscape architecture and interior design also featured in the global Top 10 for 'Areas of Expertise'.
HASSELL is an international design practice with 14 studios in Australia, China, South East Asia and the United Kingdom. Our leading position is thanks to a collaborative, diverse group of clients and the expertise, design talent and commitment we offer them. Our scale provides the capacity to deliver a broad range of projects, from small crafted commissions right through to some of the largest most complex developments.
"Whilst size isn't everything, we believe that this ranking and for the third year running, is testament to our success in working with our clients to achieve great outcomes," said Robert Backhouse, Managing Director.
Click here to learn more about some of our internationally recognised work.
Rock Tower, Chongqing, China
Imagery by HASSELL
one40william, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Photography by Peter Bennetts
Fit-out for a king
Stores packed tightly with merchandise are yesterday’s news - even if the prices are low. The driving principle behind modern shop design is generosity, says Scott Walker, Head of Interior Design at HASSELL
Sydney's urban future
Young HASSELL designer William Chan spoke to The Urban Times about Sydney's urban future
Spotlight on Cassandra Chilton
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Aussies at WAF
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Going above and beyond in Melbourne
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Open plan offices - the pros and cons
Steve Coster, Head of Knowledge and Sustainability at HASSELL, discusses the pros and cons of open plan offices
Designing for integrated education and research
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